Activists who gathered to protest outside Dearborn Heights Police headquarters Thursday night acknowledged that they don’t know every detail that led to the slaying of Renisha McBride, but said an unarmed 19-year-old woman being shot to death should be enough to warrant an arrest.
McBride of Detroit was shot to death early Saturday morning outside a Dearborn Heights home on Outer Drive, where her family believes she was seeking help after a car accident.
The Wayne County Prosecutor’s office said Thursday morning that it needed more information from Dearborn Heights police before an arrest warrant could be issued.
The shooter told police he thought McBride was breaking into his home and that his shotgun fired accidentally.
… “It makes no sense,” she said. “She was just looking for some help… This young lady could have been my daughter.
"Black life is so devalued… It makes people like the one who did that so full of fear. If this man was afraid, he could have just picked up the phone and dialed 911."
The incident has sparked widespread outrage and social media activity reminiscent of the response to the 2012 Florida shooting of Trayvon Martin, a black teenager who was shot and killed by a neighborhood watch volunteer.
"It’s amazing that in 2013, we still see the lack of value on African American life," said Rev. David Bullock of Greater St. Matthew Baptist Church in Highland Park.
"We though it was just in Sanford, Florida, but it’s also Dearborn Heights, Michigan… We cannot let the system that is supposed to deliver justice off the hook. We understand there is a process, but you remember when Trayvon Martin was killed… they were shuffling their feet."
… “Had she been a white woman and the shooter a black man,” activist Dawud Walid asked the crowd, “would the shooter be sitting comfortably at home watching TV today?”